LEXINGTON, Va. — Senior pitcher Tom Concklin (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) allowed just one run over 7.0 innings to lead the Washington and Lee baseball team past the top-ranked team in the country, Shenandoah, on Wednesday at Cap'n Dick Smith Field, 3-1.
Working on three days' rest, Concklin needed just 76 pitches to hold the Hornets (22-2, 7-2 ODAC) to five hits and one run in 7.0 innings. He had one strikeout and did not walk a batter against an offense that came into the game with a .339 team batting average. Concklin is now 6-1 in nine starts and lowered his season ERA to 2.62.
Sophomore closer Danny Devereux (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) pitched the final 2.0 innings of the contest to earn his fourth save of the year, and he improved his W&L career saves record to 12. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out two, including the final batter of the game.
The Generals (20-8, 11-1 ODAC) tallied the first run of the contest in the bottom of the first. With two outs, sophomore shortstop Chadwick Feeley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal School) singled into left field, which brought senior third baseman Ryan Weston (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) to the plate. Weston ripped a single into left center. The center fielder misplayed the ball, which allowed Feeley to score all the way from first (1-0).
Shenandoah tied the score in the top of the second with a two-out rally. Sophomore first baseman Luke Nussman doubled down the left field line, and then junior third baseman Donnie Forgacs singled to center to tie the game, 1-1.
The Blue and White scored the final two runs of the contest in third. With one out, Feeley singled to the hole between third and short, and Weston followed with a double to right center to put runners on second and third. Down in the count, 1-2, first-year right fielder Ryan Monson (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland) smacked a two-run double down the right field line to push the score to its final margin, 3-1.
Sophomore pitcher Robert Klinchock (2-1) took the loss for the Hornets. He went 2.2 innings, allowing all three runs on five hits. He also walked three batters. Junior pitcher Michael Bugonowicz threw the final 5.1 innings for Shenandoah. He did not give up a run and scattered two hits.
The victory ended the Hornets' 10-game winning streak. W&L is now 15-3 at home this season and a perfect 8-0 at home against conference foes. This is the first win over a Top 10 team for the Blue and White since its split a doubleheader against then sixth-ranked Randolph-Macon on March 18, 2016.
The Generals will break for finals and next compete at Guilford on April 15 for a doubleheader starting at 12:00 pm.
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